Currie Cup

Arno Botha - the man who proves the star-studded Bulls is actually a star team

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Arno Botha. (Photo by Gordon Arons/Gallo Images)
Arno Botha. (Photo by Gordon Arons/Gallo Images)

When the Bulls returned from an unexpectedly comprehensive hammering at the hands of Benetton in the Rainbow Cup final, they were faced with two choices.

They could've returned to South Africa, bemoaned a hasty week-long trip that wasn't ideal for preparation, banked on their superior depth and coast through the Currie Cup against opposition either paralysed by national call-ups or lacking the ammunition to truly trouble them.

Or they could've embarked on a serious journey of introspection, realised their dominance against South African teams wasn't sufficient to perform against international sides, complemented the arrivals of men like Johan Goosen and Lionel Mapoe with a genuine desire to add new strings to their bow in terms of game-plan and elevate their product to loftier heights.

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